Hi out there. Never really understood the concept of chronic pain until herniatng a disc about 90 days ago playing hockey. Went through traditional stuff that has worked in the past, rest, meds, etc. Pain started radiating down left leg, about 8/9 at its worst. Tried PT, Valium, Vicodin, epidural, Bikram yoga (pretty solid, will probably go back as part of PT) but nothing worked. I am no Dr but when I saw my MRI it was very evident the cause of my issue. Finally had surgery (discectomy) this past Friday. Got out from anesthesia, got out of bed and pain was 100% gone (other than the incision site).
I know I have a long road ahead of me in PT but I really want to get back to playing hockey so would love to hear from any fellow hockey players who have gone through this surgery and what it took to get back on the ice. My Dr gave me the stink eye when I said I wanted to play again, but I cannot imagine not getting on the ice. I am in my early 40s and play in beer leagues, pretty competitive, but no checking. I realize I may have to move down a few levels, but really want to stay on the ice.
To all who continue to suffer through the chronic pain my heart goes out to you and I hope you can find relief soon.
Thanks in advance!